Today's Talk: Columbia asks MKT trail campers to leave

2 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, July 07 2015 Jul 7, 2015 Tuesday, July 07, 2015 2:38:00 PM CDT July 07, 2015 in News
By: Katie Pylipow, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The city's parks and recreation department put up a sign on the MKT trail warning campers to remove their belongings from the area.

The sign is displayed at the Providence Road entrance of the trail, and warns people they have two weeks to gather their belongings and leave the area. After two weeks, the city will confiscate  and dispose of any belongings, according to park services manager Gabe Huffington.

Huffington said the sign will encourage anyone living on the trail to move on.

Camping out in public areas such as parks and trails without permission from the city is considered trespassing.

Anyone needing assistance regarding their status of homelessness can contact Columbia's Department of Public Health and Human Services at (573) 817-6430.

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct services provided by Columbia's Department of Public Health and Human Services).

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